January Wrap Up

January Wrap Up:
Challenges
Whilst I guess number-wise it looks like I’ve read a lot, in theory I actually haven’t. 6 are short stories, 2 are graphic novels and then of course we have the evil sneak peak. But I haven’t read a terrible book yet so 2013 is going well. But I did make a rather good progress with all my other challenges too!
Total: 2 / 10
Total: 2 / 6
I plan to have the reviews up for Cameron Jace’s during a week in February.
Total: 7 / 16
TBR Reading Challenge
1. Extras by Scott Westerfeld [review]
2. Pandora Hearts Volume 2 by Jun Mochizuki
3. Vampires Werewolves Zomvies Compendium Monstrum by Bruce Waldman
4. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
5. Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Total: 5 / 20

(Ongoing) Millionaire Challenge:
16,283 pages down!

A-Z Book Challenge:
A – Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder 25.01
B – Beauty Never Dies 25.01E – Extras 08.01L – Ladle Rat Rotten Hut 26.01
M – Mary Mary Quite Contrary 28.01P – Pandora Hearts, #2 08.01S – Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life 13.01U – The Unwords 03.01
V – Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies Compendium Monstrum: From the Papers of Herr Doktor Max Sturm & Baron Ludwig Von Drang 09.01
W – Warm Bodies 12.01
Total: 10 / 26


Shelf Stacking
I thought I had done well on my intake of books, woops.

Wishlist Wednesday (34)

Oppression (Children of the Gods, #1)Oppression by Jessica Therrien caught my eye with a lovely cover, as do as lot of books that end up on wishlist and mythology is just a great thing that I love to read about!
GR: Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable–except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning–and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper where we can share books that are on our wishlist.

Book and Movie Review: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Published: March 2nd 2010
Publisher: Corsair
Page Count: 336
Synopsis: Abraham Lincoln was just a boy when he learned that his mother’s untimely death was actually the work of a vampire. From then on, he vowed to devote his intelligence, strength–and skill with an ax–to the elimination of the soulless creatures. It was a path of vengeance that would lead him all the way to the White House.No one ever knew about Lincoln’s valiant struggle against the undead… until author Seth Grahame-Smith laid eyes on Abe’s secret journal–the first living person to do so in over 140 years. Putting a supernatural spin on revisionist history, Seth has reconstructed Lincoln’s true life story–while revealing the role vampires played in the birth, growth and near-death of our nation.

Review: 

I‘m keeping this a fairly short review, or at least I intend too because to me the title itself is very self explanatory and well it does what it says on the cover! I picked this book up knowing very little about Abraham Lincoln so I think one of the worries I had for it was that I wouldn’t understand much if it referred to something he did and I would just be sat there holding the book like a clueless Brit. However, this book doesn’t drop in at the deep end, it is very much a biography of Abe’s life from start to end, and a little further, it grabs your attention in every way possible and I’m not a fan of biographies at all yet I managed to stick with this – maybe the promise of Vampires helped? – by the time the Vampires were brought in on a large scale you’re at the point of believe absolutely anything the author throws at you. Heck, if you ask me now to answer anything regarding Abe and his life as far as I’m concerned he did go about wielding an Axe to slay Vampires, he did have in-depth discussions with Poe about said Vampires and well Vampires are indeed real. Completely real. No doubt about it.

So when I was about half way through this book my Dad and I sat down to watch the movie too, I was a little iffy about this knowing I hadn’t yet read the book but surprisingly I enjoyed every moment. The moive presented itself slightly different to the book, focusing a lot more on the Vampire and slaying side of things and definitely made it a lot more action packed towards the end and when I picked up the book afterwards I started panicking that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy it as much (an incident like this happened with The Shining a few years back) but I was pleasantly surprised because the book kept to how it started out and didn’t go all flamboyant on the action at the end which I really liked because lets face it that last scene was a little unbelievable with his age, so for me the book was a lot better off though I wouldn’t dismiss the movie – it simply adapted to fit the target audience and it did it well.

All in all I highly recommend both, at times I got a little dragged down by the lack of Vampire action in the book but the movie makes up for it. Happy reading.

4 / 5 stars
GR

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Bought, Borrowed & Bagged (39)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged is a weekly event hosted by Talk Supe where you can share the books you have bought, borrowed or bagged (won) plus a recap of the previous week’s reviews, upcoming reviews and on going events. 

Borrowed:
The Grimm Diaries Prequels #1-6 by Cameron Jace
Borrowed from Amazon Kindle Lending Library
Snow White Blood Red (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #1)Ashes to Ashes and Cinder to Cinder  (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #2)Beauty Never Dies (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #3)
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #4)Mary Mary Quite Contrary (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #5)Blood Apples (The Grimm Diaries Prequels, #6)

This week on Northern Plunder:
Review: The Archived SNEAK PEAK
Books Creating Art
Wishlist Wednesday
Book Blast: Hidden Gates


I read the first three of the books mentioned above this week and they’re really good, I’m going to have a lot of trouble not to buy the actual series soon. I also applied to University earlier in the year and I’ve started to get through all my interviews during next month so I’m probably going to aim to tone down the blogging for next month so I can work on pumping out work for my portfolio and preparing myself for the interviews themselves seeing as though I’m very, very shy! I’m scared, very scared :c

Book Blast: Hidden Gates

Hidden Gates by D.T. Dyllin 
Expected Publication: 24th January (eBook) and 28th February (paperback)
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Series: P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy #1
Synopsis: For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience. 
To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.
As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.

Author Bio:
D.T. Dyllin
Cynical-Optimist. Chocolateholic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer . . . are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two very spoiled German Shepherds.

Wishlist Wednesday (33)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead is on my wishlist after I read Bloodlines and realised I should have read this series first, woops.
GR: St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. 
Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper where we can share books that are on our wishlist.

Books Creating Art (1)

 So a few weeks ago I mentioned that I would start to share some of my work that I’ve created during my Art and Design Foundation Course due to the fact that lately I’ve been able to relate it to books a fair amount. For one of briefs titled “Visual Self-Portrait” we were able to focus on any part of our lives to create pieces of work to go into our sketchbooks.


Obviously I chose to incorporate books into my project so I looked through the books I had reading during 2012 and started selecting quotes from them that I really liked and created the images below with illustrations of myself at different ages, I tried to get the illustrations to match the quotes but it wasn’t always easy. I’m pretty happy with how they turned out though. 


Do you recognise any of these quotes?